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The Klondike Carnival Cruise Competition serves as the backdrop for this cruise, pitting Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) and his Pacific Princess crew against his stern humorless arch-rival, Captain Gunner Norquist (Ted Knight), and his Sun Princess crew in a series of competitive events beginning in Vancouver, British Columbia and ending in Ketchikan, Alaska. Gunner's son Trig (Woody Brown) has just graduated from navigation school and been assigned to Merrill Stubing, which enrages Gunner Norquist and intensifies a longtime rivalry between the two captains. Gunner spent 25 years in Merrill's shadow and is now both jealous of Merrill and determined to best him in the competition at any cost. Trig doubts his own navigation abilities and would much rather be a cruise director but is afraid to tell his father. Meanwhile, Harry and Dorothy Meacham (Tom Bosley and Michele Lee) are divorcing after 15 years of marriage and taking separate vacations, with her on the Pacific Princess ...

All but one of the five subplots in this two-hour special were co-written by Fred Grandy, who played Gopher on the show.


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin MacLeod Gavin MacLeod - Captain Merrill Stubing
Bernie Kopell Bernie Kopell - Doctor Adam Bricker
Fred Grandy Fred Grandy - Ship's Purser 'Gopher' Smith
Ted Lange Ted Lange - Bartender Isaac Washington
Jill Whelan Jill Whelan - Vicki Stubing
Lauren Tewes Lauren Tewes - Cruise Director Julie McCoy
Priscilla Barnes Priscilla Barnes - Britta Sorenson
Douglas Barr Douglas Barr - Dave Pursinger
Sonny Bono Sonny Bono - Steve Bloom
Tom Bosley Tom Bosley - Harry Meacham
Woody Brown Woody Brown - Trig Norquist
Mary Crosby Mary Crosby - Megan Lewis
John James John James - Dr. Skip Van Damme
Ted Knight Ted Knight - Captain Gunner Norquist
Michele Lee Michele Lee - Dorothy Meacham
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